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PanXchange Hemp Market Report - August 2020

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How To Sell CBD Online: Tips & Best Practices Explained
The rush to sell CBD online is here, but it’s not as easy as you may think. Here are the top tips and best practices to success in 2021. The CBD industry is booming with estimated US CBD sales to surpass $800 million this year alone. And there is no slowing in sight. By 2022, US CBD sales may reach $1.8 billion. Read the full article here:
October 20, 2021
What’s Interesting this Year in Cannabis IP and Patents
To operate and invest in the cannabis sector in 2021, you must pay attention to who is holding and developing intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP), patents, and trademarks were controversial among many OG players and trailblazers in the cannabis industry. Talk of patenting genetics and manufacturing flew in the face of what much of the advocacy stood for — better medicine and better access. But, the cannabis industry is a much different beast than it was only a decade ago. With legalization quickly spreading and a market maturing, cannabis companies are getting competitive — which means refocusing on protecting inventions, innovations, and brand IP. Read more...
October 17, 2021
Colorado Takes Giant Leap in Cannabis Vaping Standards
Since the 2019 Vape Crisis, the cannabis industry has eagerly anticipated new standards and regulations regarding the production of vape cartridges and devices. The first to enforce new rules, the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) announced new regulations for the production and sales of cannabis oils. As of January 1, 2022, “each harvest batch and production batch of regulated marijuana concentrate in a vaporized delivery device must be tested for metals contamination via emissions testing” by an accredited laboratory, according to the statement of adoption released last year (CCR 212-3).
October 9, 2021
Non-Cannabis CBD Sourcing
CBD isn't just for hemp and cannabis anymore. Incredibly, CBD can be extracted from other plants besides cannabis and hemp. The discovery of non-cannabis CBD is poised to add a whole new sector to the CBD market. These products would provide all the same effects as regular CBD without THC and other unwanted compounds. This would be a game-changer for regions where cannabis is completely illegal. It not only proves cannabinoids aren’t solely present in hemp and cannabis plants, but in terms of accessibility, non-cannabis CBD offers enormous benefits to consumers who may be subjected to regular drug testing.
October 5, 2021
American Cannabis Company, Inc. Receives Official Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Certification For Its SoHum Living Soils® Product Line
American Cannabis Company, Inc.  (OTCQB: AMMJ) (“ACC” or “Company”), a full-service business-to-business cannabis and hemp consulting solutions provider and licensed owner-operator is pleased to announce that its proprietary potting mix, SoHum Living Soils®, was recently awarded an official certification from the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). OMRI's mission is to provide the agricultural industry with peace of mind in knowing that quality materials are consistent and organic as a standard. This organization provided an independent review of SoHum Living Soils®, looking at each individual input that is intended for use in certified organic cultivation and production.
October 3, 2021
Higher Learning: Scholarships for Cannabis Creativity
Anthony Dutcher, CMO at Veriheal, joins Kristina Etter to discuss the $20,000 in cannabis scholarships they gave away this year to innovative students passionate about cannabis technology and advances. In a growing trend, many companies benefiting from cannabis are finding new ways to give back to their communities and contribute to the greater good. From charity donations to research funding and more, cannabis is making a conscious effort to do things better. Benzinga NYC Cannabis Conference:
September 30, 2021
Taking a Holistic Approach to Reduce Cannabis Waste
Waste not want not is a universal rule that's valid even within industrial production. For cannabis and hemp, the often less desirable biomass left after harvest isn't a burden. With some craft, these leftover stalks, shucks, and leaves can turn from a hassle into bioplastics, hempcrete, and textile-grade fiber. But first, the infrastructure needs to be built and farmers need to create the connections and processes to properly utilize the less desirable biomass.
September 30, 2021
How Technology is Re-Defining and Maintaining Consumer Loyalty
Cannabis legalization has opened the door into a once very underground transaction, and technology solutions are seizing a rare opportunity. Modern technology, mass data collection, and a growing consumer base have created the perfect storm for marketers. Cannabis businesses have a unique problem – an inability to advertise to the general public. While alcohol commercials and pharmaceutical ads plague social media, television, and even radio and billboards, cannabis businesses are restricted to extremely limited marketing options. However, in 2020, the cannabis industry gained the “essential industry status.” In doing so, many states loosened restrictions and started allowing online ordering options, curbside pickup, and delivery to facilitate safe, touchless sales. And suddenly, cannabis retail evolved almost overnight. Why? Data.
September 28, 2021
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is BACK
The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is BACK on October 14-15 — live and in-person. Join us in New York City for two days of dealmaking. About this event CONNECT WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN CANNABIS Meet the biggest cannabis industry players and make deals that will push the industry forward. Featuring live company presentations, insider panels, and unmatched access to networking, the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is where cannabis executives and entrepreneurs meet. Join us live at the Marriott Marquis in New York City or tune in from anywhere using our hybrid event software. There's no better place to connect with the people driving the global cannabis industry forward.
September 25, 2021
Cultivation Dehumidification
In areas with less than desirable outdoor conditions, indoor cannabis grow houses are ideal. Growers gain control of the humidity levels, temperature, and lighting and can alter them to the precise needs of the plants to produce the healthiest growth possible, but creating these optimal environmental conditions is quite the balancing act.
September 23, 2021
Cannabis Industry Credentials to Revolutionize Workforce
Green Flower Launches GF Institute with Leading Cannabis Employers to Create First Industry-Accepted Credentials
September 17, 2021
Inherent Dangers in Designer Cannabinoids
Advocates for cannabis and hemp legalization started their mission decades ago. Since then, hundreds have led the charge to change the stigmas and stereotypes associated with cannabis consumption and open the necessary pathways for the legal cultivation and production of these highly functional plants.
September 17, 2021
THC Isomer Found in Fiber Hemp
Recently the major enantiomer, or paired molecule, of THC was found in samples of low-THC fiber hemp from Europe. Such a report isn't surprising considering how biochemical processes work. However, this finding could cause a legal ripple capable of sending the hemp industry back to 2019.
September 17, 2021
Your opportunity to discover the latest eCommerce, CBD/hemp, and wholesale tools, solutions and expertise has returned!
Your opportunity to discover the latest eCommerce, CBD/hemp, and wholesale tools, solutions and expertise has returned!  
September 14, 2021
Vegetative vs Generative Growth: Crop Steering Fundamentals
Crop steering is taking the indoor cannabis industry by storm. But the techniques and principles are not well-covered online and few can call themselves experts in the emerging cultivation technique. In crop steering, cultivators refer to the two main plant growth cycles as Vegetative and Generative growth.
September 13, 2021
The Value of Ultrasonic Extraction and Emulsification
Sonication, or ultrasonication, is a soundwave technology widely used in biofuels, pharmaceuticals, wastewater processing, and other major industries. It's also necessary for nanoemulsions and other nanoparticle production — which might sound familiar as it's now widely used within the cannabidiol (CBD) sector too.
September 13, 2021
The Most Powerful Technology Enabler in Cannabis
If I could narrow down how technology can help cannabis businesses the most, it would have to be the unique ability of technology to expose what you don’t know. Technology is uniquely capable of taking data and turning it into valuable information that can be used to make decisions.
September 10, 2021
Non-Toxic Crop Management Technology and Best Practices for Growers
Cannabis cultivators are tasked with two monumental challenges: eradicate pathogens that threaten their yield, and implement crop management and antimicrobial solutions that are safe, effective, and compliant with state regulations.
September 2, 2021
Latest Developments in Non-Toxic Crop Management Technology and Best Practices for Growers Awesome Project
Sonication, or ultrasonication, is a soundwave technology widely used in biofuels, pharmaceuticals, wastewater processing, and other major industries. It's also necessary for nanoemulsions and other nanoparticle production — which might sound familiar as it's now widely used within the cannabidiol (CBD) sector too.
September 2, 2021
A Vested Interest: A Recipe for Success in Cannabis Consulting
The audio version of this article is sponsored by The Cultivation System. In traditional models, hiring a consulting firm to help improve your cannabis operation meant signing a contract and paying a fee for advice specific to your operation. The process often starts with bringing in experts who evaluate the existing processes and equipment, design the best recipe for the facility to flourish, and then they walk away, leaving it up to the grower to follow the plan.
August 31, 2021
Whole Plant vs. Whole Flower Hemp Processing
Jim Higdon, Author of "The Cornbread Mafia," Hemp Entrepreneur and former journalist is fed up with false marketing buzzwords in hemp. Explaining the "Whole Plant" vs. "Whole Flower" extraction differences with an orange juice analogy, Jim is hoping to help educate consumers about the broad range of products and deceptive marketing practices, and why many producers should reconsider their processes.
August 10, 2021
Ed Rosenthal: Caution! Growing Cannabis is Addictive
Ed Rosenthal is one of the living legends of the American Cannabis Industry. In this episode, Ed joins us to discuss the past, present, and future of cannabis - not just for home growers, but for anyone looking to join the industry or simply improve their cannabis operation.
July 6, 2021
Fighting Fires: Help for West Coast Cannabis Farmers
When an industry is taxed the most and helped the least, it takes a community to help when disaster strikes. Well-known cannabis expert is donating $500,000 to cannabis farmers who were devastated by the 2020 wildfires. Giving back to those from which he has built his success is not only good business but also an excellent overall philosophy. “Big Mike” Straumietis is the co-founder and CEO of industry giant Advanced Nutrients and cannabis tycoon. Combining decades of expertise in horticulture and marketing with an unrelenting passion for growing cannabis, he built an empire. At the heart of it, all is an activist with a willingness to step forward, offering help when other resources fail to be of service. Watch the video interview here:
June 21, 2021
Partners in Research
Validation of natural health products is taking place for the first time in history. Radicle Science is reinventing the norm in pharmaceutical and academic research models, providing stringent health outcome data at a fraction of the time and cost. Female-led supplement brand Rae Wellness has partnered with them to prove the science behind CBD, focusing on women's health. Both companies see the benefit of more comprehensive and data derived from this virtual, direct-to-consumer approach to research. Dr. Jeff Chen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Radicle Science. He was the Founder and former Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and has an expansive range of experience as a board member, investor, advisor to companies, venture firms, and not-for-profits. Dr. Chen is a member of several communities such as TED, Summit Series, and Nexus and has been featured in Rolling Stone, WSJ, CNN, and VICE, just to name a few. Angie Tebbe is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rae Wellness. Tebbe's holistic upbringing is at the root of a life mission into well-being. She left a successful corporate career to launch a values-led company that champions innovation in wellness, and she is driven by the vision to make well-being attainable for all. Finish reading on Cannabis Tech:
June 16, 2021
3 Roadblocks in Cannabis Investing
In this episode of A Tech Moment, Matt Carr, Chief Trends Strategist at the Oxford Club discusses his recent article on Profit Trends, regarding the top 3 obstacles still plaguing the cannabis industry - all of which will virtually disappear with federal legalization. Watch the video on YouTube or read the summary at
June 1, 2021
Taking Advantage of the Big Tech Exodus
Silicon Valley is a bit quieter these days and big tech workers are looking for greener pastures. At the beginning of the pandemic, the tech workforce - and a significant percentage of the world’s population - were asked to work from home. Nabis, a leading cannabis distribution platform in California, realizes that these employees are now both comfortable and productive while working remotely. Seizing the moment, Nabis is actively taking advantage of this shift in dynamics and recruiting tech workers to come to the cannabis industry. Vince Ning, CEO of Nabis, left his position as a software engineer with Microsoft to start his own business, an app development platform that he eventually sold and is now Amazon’s AppSync. Following this Ning, and co-founder Jun S. Lee started Nabis in 2017 with the vision “To empower the world to discover cannabis by providing choice, access, and innovation.”
May 27, 2021
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - April 2021
Seth Boone, Vice President of Business Development with PanXchange, sheds light on incomplete, unfocused data on planted hemp acreages, increased efficiency creating higher yields, and if the potential for producers is best in distillates, smokable flower, or Delta-8 products.    Read Article:
April 22, 2021
Waving the Caution Flag on the Race for Delta-8 THC
Josh Swider, CEO and Co-Founder of Infinite CAL tested over 2,000 samples of Delta-8 THC products in 2020 - the results were concerning. Like the early days of CBD with mislabeling, or the early days of cannabis concentrates littered with poor chemistry - new kid on the block, lab-made Delta-8 THC has some growing pains to overcome, too. From high levels of Delta-9 THC to completely unidentified contaminants - some of the most respected labs in the nation are reminding consumers about due diligence and cautioning producers about potential hazards with their processes.    View Article:
April 19, 2021
Blending Science into Cannabis Edibles
Stillwater Brands, Keith Woelfel, and Caliper Foods', Drew Hathaway, talk about the development of Ripple dissolvables and gummies, nanoemulsion, and the science behind proving the efficiency of nano-cannabinoid formulation and precision dosing.    View Article:
April 13, 2021
Quality Cannabis Starts With Consistent Conditions
Maintaining a consistent environment is the key to growing quality, high-cannabinoid cannabis. Pitfalls with HVAC solutions can spell disaster for legally licensed commercial cannabis. In this March 2021 podcast, Cannabis Tech spoke with Justin Barnes and Marshall Kauffman, Account Executives from Trane® about the considerations.  Learn how Trane is stepping into the cannabis industry to help bring more than 100 years of expertise to growers all across the nation.
April 9, 2021
The Potential for Hemp is Out of this World
Will Kleidon, Founder and CEO of Ojai Energetics, cannabis IP, and the first Public Benefits Corporation in the cannabis space, understands that a triple bottom line is good for the planet and beyond. Known as an award-winning pioneer responsible for the innovative and sustainable commercialization of cannabis, Will Kleidon founded Ojai Energetics back in 2014. Since that time, this futurist of cannabis technology has successfully cracked the code of CBD, leading to the development of a robust IP catalog including the antidote to THC intoxication, generating supercapacitors from hemp, and 30-second acting edibles. Watch the video on Cannabis Tech:
March 24, 2021
4-Real? B-Real Talks Tech on Cannabis Tech
Cypress Hill's lead-man, B-Real, discusses how the cannabis industry and its technology have evolved, collaborating with G-Pen for consumer electronics and Dr. Greenthumb becoming an MSO. B-Real has lyrically promoted the cannabis culture for three decades as one of the frontmen for hip-hop group Cypress Hill. Taking his love of cultivation from the backyard to full-scale cannabis grow operation with multiple retail locations, now including a line of consumer electronics, certainly hasn't come without its challenges. That's not stopping Dr. Greenthumb from looking towards the future and across state lines. Watch the video on Cannabis Tech here:
March 23, 2021
Supporting Women in Cannabis
Continuing our theme for International Women's Day, Kim Kovacs from Arcview joins us to discuss the need to support one another, the importance of maintaining diversity, and where opportunities in the cannabis sector are for women. Having been an active angel investor for years, involved with Golden Seeds, Kim Kovacs also co-founded several companies, as well as being the Founder and former CEO of MyJane, a wellness technology platform for women. Bringing over twenty years of executive leadership and experience from investment companies and across technology services, Kovacs took the reins at Arcview in January of 2020. The Arcview Group is the leading investment and market research firm focused on connecting high-net-worth individuals, institutional investors, and money managers with investment opportunities, key players, and indispensable insights to realize their goals in the cannabis sector. Watch the video podcast here:
March 10, 2021
Celebrating International Women’s Day with Shanel Lindsay of Ardent Cannabis
March is International Women's Month. As we contemplated women working in the cannabis sector, the very first person we wanted to connect with was Shanel Lindsay, Founder & CEO of Ardent Cannabis. Ardent Cannabis is a Boston-based biotech and medical cannabis device company, most famous for developing a laboratory-grade precision decarboxylator for medical cannabis patients. The Ardent Nova (and now the FX) helps consumers perfect and refine the decarboxylation process to deliver consistent results every time. In the latest episode of the Cannabis Tech podcast, Lindsay shares her journey as the female founder of a cannabis company. She shares the challenges of navigating such an explosive sector with us and the opportunities for women in this space today. Watch the full video interview here:
March 9, 2021
A Trio of Expertise: Solving Cannabis Drying Challenges
INTEGRATED DRYING SYSTEM FOR COMMERCIAL CANNABIS AND HEMP With over 150 years of combined experience between the three equipment providers, their new hemp drying and processing equipment offer the integrated solution producers require for safe, efficient operation. Watch the podcast to: Learn more about how the system works Watch a video explanation of the system from start to finish, as well as Discover other commercial processing equipment like, bud-sorters food-grade ice hash systems the new TXM series, Terp Xtract Master – for pure, solvent-free terpene extraction.
February 5, 2021
PanXchange 2020 Year End Hemp Market Report
In this podcast, PanXchange CEO, Julie Lerner, discusses the last Hemp Market report of 2020, where she maintains a conservative perspective on the price of CBD and hemp extracts. She says, “We wouldn’t price wheat based on bags of flour on the shelves at Safeway,” likewise CBD extracts need a better gauge for the market. 3 SCENARIOS IMPACTING HEMP MARKET PRICES Lerner discusses three scenarios they use at PanXchange to analyze the markets today, as well as her predictions for the coming year.
January 12, 2021
Moving Forward - Cannabis Investing Outlook for 2021
Matt Carr, Chief Trends Strategist at the Oxford Club joins host, Kristina Etter for a first of the year outlook on investing in cannabis. With 5 new states voting to legalize, there's definitely one clear winner in the 2020 election - cannabis. And the future looks bright for the cannabis industry. 
January 1, 2021
Greenhouse Operation Merges Mother Nature & Technology
Graham Farrar at the Glass House Group talks about greenhouse technology and his mission to blend his technology mindset into a sustainable cannabis operation.
December 18, 2020
Plant Medicine Expands into New Realms
From Cannabis to Mycology, Damon Michaels of Mydecine talks about his transition with Genifer Murray on Inside the Industry. If the 2020 US election demonstrated anything, it's the growing appetite for natural medicines like cannabis and fungi. The fact that Oregon's legalization of psychedelic mushrooms received more positive media attention than most other than any other state ballot measures voted on during the election says a lot about the direction Americans want to go in the coming years. Riding this wave of excitement, Gennifer Murray sat down with Damon Michaels, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Mydecine, to discuss a new approach to nature-sourced medicines through a pharmaceutical lens.
December 8, 2020
Getting Ahead of the Curve: Energy Rebates & Incentives for Cannabis Operations
Act now, these programs won't last forever! With cannabis science finally getting daytime acceptance, incentives for energy efficiency are coming into play. While it may be intimidating to reveal sensitive information about operations, doing so saves cultivators across the country hundreds of thousands of dollars in new programs meant to improve efficiency in the cannabis industry.
December 4, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Reports – November 2020
In this month’s PanXchange episode, Tom Dermody, Senior Market Analyst at PanXchange, steps in for RJ Hopp to discuss developments in the hemp markets. Tom brings a wealth of experience in the hemp industry and currently responsible for hemp grain and the true hemp market – stalks, fiber, or hurd that will be processed into products. He helps determine what the value is in a particular hemp-based product.
December 3, 2020
Inside the Industry with Tyler Beuerlein with Hypur
Banks Require Transparency in Cannabis Banking options have always been sort of a "pipe dream" for businesses operating in the legal cannabis industry. However, in this interview, Genifer Murray discusses banking and cannabis with the pros. Tyler Beuerlein, CEO of Hypur, walks through the nuances, challenges, and requirements for banking in the cannabis industry. 
October 23, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Reports – October 2020
In this month’s podcast with PanXchange, join RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets and host, Kristina Etter for a discussion regarding the state of hemp markets across the United States. In this episode, Hopp touches base on a variety of hemp topics including: In what areas of hemp production are you seeing the most promise? Is the market growing more for smokeable hemp products? CBD? Seed? Textiles? Have there been any significant developments with USDA regulations and hemp consumables? We also talk about the 2019/2020 hemp acreage contrast. What a difference a year can make. How are the fires impacting the hemp market in the west/northwest? Climate change and Mother Nature have been challenging this year. Finally, we’ll discuss the development of the international hemp market.
October 20, 2020
A Tech Moment: A Pandemic, Politics, and Investing in Cannabis
Matt Carr from the Oxford Club joins host, Kristina Etter, to discuss the fine line an industry must walk when it resides somewhere between federally illegal and state essential during a pandemic.   The economic potential for the cannabis industry moving forward is limitless... but what role will the election play for the cannabis industry? Can voters make a difference this year? With five states adding marijuana legalization to the ballot, Carr thinks it's only a matter of time, but that the Senate election carries most of the weight. Listen now to learn more about the future of the cannabis industry and the safest investments in a time of turmoil.
October 7, 2020
Inside the Industry with Jeffrey Raber, Founder of The Werc Shop
Join Jeffrey Raber and Genifer Murray for a discussion about testing standardization, vape formulations, and the rise of Delta-8 THC. Although testing was not always a requirement for cannabis, it has always been a benefit. Revealing and reliable information benefits customers and producers alike as it leads to better products and safer customers.
October 1, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - September 2020
With little question, 2020 has been a challenging year for nearly everyone, and the hemp markets are no exception. From extreme weather to unstable legal status, this year’s tumultuous environment brings many unknowns to hemp producers. Extreme Weather Making an Impact In this episode of A Tech Moment, we talk about the wild weather changes across the nation. From fires to hurricanes, derechos to summer snow, hemp cultivators all across the US are seeing the impacts of climate change. Hopp shares his insight into how these severe weather conditions could indicate a significant drop in harvested hemp for the year. Factor in a decline in acreage and this could spell higher prices for hemp in the future. Across the Pond Hopp provides an update on the status of hemp in the European Union and statements made by the WHO. As regulatory bodies start to shift their stance, the ambiguity and lack of data become a hindrance to the progress made towards global legalization and acceptance. All across the world, the legal status of hemp and cannabis is fluctuating. The DEA and the IFR With the Interim Final Ruling released, everyone in the industry is anxious as they anticipate what the statement could mean in the long run for cannabis and hemp. Hopp shares his perspectives and reviews what the IFR means for producers. Additionally, Hopp talks about the synthesizing of cannabinoids and what the IFR references regarding creating cannabinoids from hemp cannabinoids. Delta-8 THC is one such cannabinoid that is being produced through lab processes from hemp cannabinoids.
September 17, 2020
Cultivate! Satellite Imagery for Hemp Farmers
With acres and acres of hemp, many farmers probably wish they could get a bird's eye view of their crops. In this episode of Cultivate, Genifer Murray speaks with Ramin Azar from Planetary Remote Sensing about the options available for hemp farmers and the incredible technology offered through satellite imagery. 
August 31, 2020
A Tech Moment: Teaming Up with Tyson - Celebrity Influence in Cannabis Technology
Chris Kanik, CEO of Smart Cups and Rob Hickman, CEO of Tyson Ranch, talk about joining forces to introduce innovations in cannabis beverages with incredible, 3D printing technology! Kanik reminds us that innovative ideas can pop up anywhere - even at a Taco Tuesday. Meanwhile, Hickman knows the value of a celebrity platform. Together these two companies promise a forthcoming product lineup with a one, two knock-out punch of celebrity endorsements.  Don't forget to watch Tyson's return to the ring next month, too! 
August 14, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - August 2020
With the majority of hemp crops grown outdoors, hemp farmers must contend with the whims of Mother Nature. From the humidity in the South causing blight to the hailstorms across Colorado, RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets at PanXchange, reminds us in this podcast that weather conditions play a significant role in hemp cultivation. Additionally, as legalization continues to press forward, policies and regulations are starting to inch ahead as well. In PanXchange’s Hemp Market Report, Hopp discusses the advances and changes being made by the FDA regarding hemp-derived cannabinoid products. What about hemp-derived THC, where does it fall on the spectrum? With hemp oils, THC can be concentrated and may test higher than the .3% from the original biomass. With advanced extraction solutions, THC can be isolated from the hemp – but then where does it go? Can it be used? Finally, Hopp also discusses the limitations of hempcrete and why it’s essential to take note of critical requirements such as building codes, load-bearing weights, and the like. Listen to this podcast now and then sign up for PanXchange’s Monthly Hemp Market Report to get these insights delivered to your inbox!
August 10, 2020
Reflections on Success in Cannabis Edibles
Genifer Murray sits down with John Garrison, Co-Founder of Mountain High Suckers to discuss their journey in the Colorado edible market. Regardless of what segment of the cannabis industry, achieving success comes with a myriad of roadblocks, challenges, and hurdles. John Garrison, CEO & Co-Founder of Mountain High Suckers knows just what a struggle that journey can be. Although all industries have their nuances, the cannabis industry can be especially difficult to navigate. From maintaining solid partnerships to adhering to quality standards and the muddy waters of cannabis compliance, Garrison knows a thing or two about the complexities of achieving success in a volatile industry. In this episode of Cultivate, Genifer Murray discusses the lessons learned on the road to the top with Garrison. As one of the first (and most successful) edible companies in Colorado, and the first to include CBD, he shares a wealth of experience, valuable advice, and even tales of sleeping with a sword to guard their grow after a break-in! Mountain High Suckers is crossing industry barriers, inviting musicians, comedians, and more expand their product line, as well as taking on the new Hemp CBD Market with their new line of Mountain High Select CBD suckers - a broad spectrum, high quality edible that is shippable to all 50 states! Although Garrison admits, after a decade in the industry, he is ready to look for an exit plan, Mountain High Suckers is expanding into other cannabis states and even eyeing the global cannabis market. Listen to the latest Cultivate podcast to glean a plethora of advice from an industry leader!
July 30, 2020
A Tech Moment: Investing in Cannabis & Technology
In this episode of A Tech Moment, Kristina Etter discusses investing in cannabis with Matt Carr, Chief Trends Strategist at the Oxford Club, about how cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and lucrative investment option. Like many of us in the cannabis industry, Carr once knew someone who used cannabis as an alternative therapy for a debilitating disease. Although that was years ago, he explains this was his “a-ha moment” that there were valid medicinal properties to this misunderstood herb. Carr discusses the irony of what can change in a decade, as ten years ago, we wouldn’t have dreamt cannabis companies would be publicly traded. Yet, today, as legalization sweeps across the nation, and cannabis becomes an essential industry in many states, investing in cannabis is much more enticing. Although the safer investment still lies in the ancillary segments of the industry, Carr provides optimistic perspectives for the future of plant-touching opportunities, as well as his insights on the technology companies to watch closely. While investing in cannabis still poses some risk, he predicts substantial market growth in the coming years. Listen to this podcast to learn more about Matt’s insights for successfully investing cannabis.
July 16, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - July 2020
RJ Hopp from PanXchange talks about Hemp Market fluctuations, as well as, market expansion with a rise in smokable hemp, Delta-8-THC, and animal feedstock. In this month’s discussion with PanXchange, RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets talks about the natural state of commodities as it relates to the hemp market. He reassures listeners that a summer lull is relatively common in all commodities, and then talks about market expansion opportunities he’s seeing on the rise. Smokable hemp has had a rough road in many states, but is gaining ground and popularity as more companies are starting to market the products where it is legal. Common across Europe, hemp cigarettes and raw flower are starting to crop up all across the nation and online. Another interesting development in hemp, comes from the extraction and isolation of Delta-8-THC, the other psychoactive form of THC, which is produced by hemp. A number of companies are looking at the potential of this up and coming cannabinoid. Finally, RJ discusses hemp as a feedstock. There are multiple ways hemp producers can take advantage of this potential revenue stream.
July 10, 2020
Cultivate! Watching an Industry Mature: A Discussion Between Cannabis Pioneers
Genifer Murray hosts Joe Hodas of Wana Brands to discuss industry progress, the Last Prisoner Project, and what the future holds for legal cannabis.
June 24, 2020
Cultivate! Why Cannabis and CBD Brands Need Influencers
Genifer Murray recently spoke with Courtney Wu, CEO, and co-founder of AMNESIA, an influencer marketing platform powered by Compliance AI explicitly for the CBD and cannabis sectors. For anyone in the industry who has written off influencers as a marketing tactic or have so many questions they don’t know where to start, their conversation is illuminating. It highlights precisely how thoughtful and effective strategies can produce real returns and ultimately build powerful brand loyalty.
June 17, 2020
A Tech Moment: DNA Analysis - A Roadmap for Cannabis Safety
Kristina Etter, Editorial Director for Cannabis Tech, spoke with Len May, CEO & Founder of EndoCanna Health, for A Tech Moment, following her own endocannabinoid genetic testing. May and the team at EndoCanna are using DNA technology to make cannabis a truly personalized medicine.
June 15, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - June 2020
RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets at PanXchange returns for our monthly segment covering the wild, wild west of the modern hemp market. 
June 12, 2020
Cultivate! Cannabinoid Supplements: Delivery, Compliance and Claims
In this episode of Cultivate, Genifer Murray talks cannabinoid supplements, delivery, and toxic metals with Dr. Shade, CEO of QuickSilver Scientific.
June 9, 2020
Cultivate! From Frustration to Forerunner: Gail Rand's Journey to Legal Cannabis
In this episode of Cultivate, our podcast host, Genifer Murray speaks with Gail Rand of grand consulting about her transformation from a frustrated mom trying to find help for her son to cannabis business advisor and advocate. 
June 4, 2020
PanXchange Hemp Market Report - May 2020
In this episode, we talk with RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets about the hemp market fluctuations, declining hemp licenses, and the outlook in industrial hemp futures.
May 22, 2020
PanXchange: Hemp Market Report - March 2020
RJ Hopp, Director of Hemp Markets at PanXchange, spoke with Kristina Etter, editor of Cannabis Tech, in the first episode of a new, joint-monthly podcast, "A Tech Moment: PanXchange Hemp Market Report." PanXchange delivers insights into the commodities markets, and following the 2018 US Farm Bill, they now cover hemp. The monthly hemp report provides reporting on hemp pricing in five key markets: Oregon, Colorado, Kentucky, and the recently added Great Plains and Northeast. The platform tracks several key commodities, including biomass, winterized crude oil, full-spectrum distillate, broad-spectrum distillate, and cannabidiol (CBD) isolate. Each monthly report includes updates to regulations, both across the US and abroad, and notable hemp headlines. In the last few months, the report has also included a detailed examination of some of the industrial applications of hemp, which tend to get overlooked in today's CBD-focused world.
April 1, 2020
A Tech Moment: Sifting For Heavy Metals In Colorado Cannabis
After facing a national health crisis with the vape epidemic, the American cannabis industry earned a plethora of fair criticism. With products such as vitamin e acetate sold as healthy cutting agents on the market mere years ago, it’s paramount to upkeep a standard for testing and policing products as an industry. NEW HEAVY METAL TESTING REQUIREMENTS IN COLORADO “From molds to microbials, pesticides, and heavy metals, cannabis products can contain a wide variety of products if we’re not careful in how these products are tested,” Kristina Etter of Cannabis Tech said. In this Tech Moment with AgriScience Labs, a cannabis testing lab in Colorado, she exclaimed, “Whether you’re vaping, smoking, or ingesting cannabis, consumers deserve to know what’s in these products.”
March 16, 2020
A Tech Moment: Unique Vape Buy-Back Program Provides Powerful Insights
Test results are in... nearly 80% of illicit vape cartridges deemed unfit for consumption. From cyanide to lead, a global vaping crisis requires more than one contaminant. Unfortunately, due to a lack of regulatory agencies willing to process cannabis, and a lack of research, consumers are not armed with a plethora of information concerning cannabis vapor products. Infinite CAL recently partnered up with companies Platinum Vape and Mankind Dispensary in San Diego, CA, to test black market vapes that were collected during their innovative buyback program. The program exchanged black market products for a Platinum Vape cartridge to keep cannabis consumers safe. InfiniteCAL then tested the collected illicit cartridges for potency and harmful contaminants.
February 10, 2020
A Tech Moment: Sixth Wave Innovation Introduces Affinity™
Starting with the industrial revolution and arriving at the current state of technology, there have been six waves of innovation. What began with industrialization has resulted in scientific advancements such as nanotechnology. Producers will save time and money by working with Sixth Wave, a nanotechnology company with lucrative patents concerning gold and cannabis extraction. They specialize in detection and extraction methods that prove chromatography is no longer an ideal solution for either process. SIXTH WAVE'S AFFINITY™ IS POISED TO OUT-PERFORM CHROMATOGRAPHY Recently coming out secrecy, Sixth Wave has announced Affinity™, their new cannabinoid separation and purification system that will simplify processing and innovate the field. The President and CEO of Sixth Wave, Jonathan Gluckman Ph.D., spoke with Kristina Etter of Cannabis Tech for a special live edition of A Tech Moment to detail this technology.
January 22, 2020
A Tech Moment: Controlling the Stench
Let’s face it, not everyone loves the smell of cannabis. In this Tech Moment, we sat down with Autumn Shelton and Hanna Brand, co-owners of Autumn Brands. Over a century ago, Autumn Brands family was still growing flowers, but back then, the flowers they sold were tulips. Today, their crop is a little more controversial. This Santa Barbra based, fifty-percent women-owned coastal cannabis cultivator places great emphasis on naturally grown crops. Throughout their farms, they avoid the use of pesticides and other chemicals that are unideal for human consumption. Additionally, as community stewards, when their neighbors complained about the smell from cannabis cultivation, these women set out to make things right.
October 7, 2019
A Tech Moment with Kyle Sherman, CEO of Flowhub
More than your average CEO, as a lobbyist and advocate, Kyle Sherman is changing the narrative. Cannabis Tech had the opportunity to sit down with Kyle Sherman, CEO, and Founder, of Flowhub. This daring software company went from being operated out of a garage in 2015 to the first company to launch mobile retail apps in the cannabis industry. After spending time as a compliance officer, Sherman made it his mission to enable cannabis legalization nationally, and for him and his company, that meant making a more transparent industry.
September 26, 2019
A Tech Moment: Paragon Processing Provides Crop-Saving Services for Hemp Farmers
Paragon Processing continues to innovate solutions to help hemp farmers across the nation from losing valuable biomass. Several weeks ago, Cannabis Tech had the opportunity to tour Paragon Processing’s massive facility in southern Colorado. Designed to help farmers post-harvest, the massive, 256,000 square foot facility can accommodate 20 million pounds of hemp biomass in a climate-controlled environment that helps protect the product from molds, mildews, and other contamination factors. In this episode of A Tech Moment, we get a few minutes with Billy Chavis, Partner and Lead Process Engineer at Paragon, to talk about their facility and their extended biomass drying capabilities, which could help farmers save thousands of acres of valuable hemp crops all over the nation.
September 23, 2019
A Tech Moment: MedPharm Moves Toward Federal Approval
An interview with Albert Gutierrez, CEO of MedPharm, discussing recent movements by the DEA to move forward with medical cannabis research. In light of the DEAs recently announcement to start processing new cannabis research applications, Cannabis Tech sat down with Albert Gutierrez, the CEO of MedPharm Research, a leader in cannabis research and formulation development, who has recently received notice that they are one of 32 applicants selected to move forward in the process. Recently, in the wake of Dr. Sue Sisley’s lawsuit against the DEA, the federal government has been moving forward by approving companies as federally recognized cannabis suppliers. MedPharm is one of the first companies to be selected to move forward with this program.
September 3, 2019
A Tech Moment: Gavin Kogan Discusses Entering the Cannabis Industry
his week on A Tech Moment, Gavin Kogan of Grupo Flor spoke with Cannabis Tech’s Kristina Etter. Kogan, Chairman of the Board at Grupo Flor and currently working as VP of Government Affairs, is a fierce advocate for entrepreneurs in cannabis. His opinion, however, does not come without caveats. It's this view detailed within his recent article for GreenEntrepreneur, "Cannabis: The Afghanistan of Entrepreneurs?" that sets him apart from the current flood of traditional executives transitioning to cannabis. Kogan's career before launching Grupo Flor was as an attorney. He fell into cannabis almost by accident after an unplanned work-trade resulted in him owning a piece of a business operating in the sphere. Soon, this serendipitous agreement transformed his entire law practice into one that works strictly with the cannabis sector.
August 24, 2019
A Tech Moment: Quality Assurance Across the Cannabis Supply Chain
Cree Crawford, President of Ionization Labs, discusses the importance for quality testing throughout the cannabis supply chain. Testing in cannabis remains clunky, complicated, and expensive. As cultivators and producers know all-too-well, testing for potency is a process in need of modernization. Ionization Labs, the brainchild of Cree Crawford, who was a former cultivator himself, addresses this dilemma head-on. Their first product, the Cann-ID, is "The first affordable, highly scalable, accurate, and simple to use in-house marijuana and hemp testing unit." No more cumbersome and overly technical laboratory testing equipment, the Cann-ID has simplified the process, without compromising accuracy and data analysis. Crawford, in his recent interview for A Tech Moment, explained the three core principles behind the Cann-ID product: accuracy, and simplicity. Without those three core values, Cann-ID wouldn't have been able to make the impact it has across the full breadth of the industry.
July 30, 2019